How to approach a Coven for initiation

As a training coven, we regularly get approached by prospective seekers in search of the magic of initiatory Witchcraft and the touch of the Goddess. Discovering that there is a coven in your area is an exciting prospect, albeit comparatively rare- one usually will need to travel and sometimes great distances.  That being said, we welcome all sincere seekers that feel they have vocation for the Priesthood of Alexandrian Witchcraft to make contact.

It seems necessary to perhaps give some guidance into what is looked for in that early stages of contact and what some of the possible and appropriate ways are to approach a coven when seeking initiation into the Craft.

Initiation into Witchcraft and the subsequent training is a life altering experience. It is a culmination of seeking, thorough research and that inner true vocation on the part of the seeker, which is the fire that stokes the very core of the seeking itself.

If you are to approach a coven, make sure you know what they are about. For instance, are they are eclectic or traditional? What tradition are they practicing? Are they a training coven open to taking on new initiates? It is up to you to find out and research what these things mean. An email that reads ‘Tell me more about your coven’ , will probably not be getting you the response you are looking for. Chances are that we will rather be asking you as a seeker what YOU know about the Craft and our tradition, and why you wish to be initiated into Witchcraft. To ask in your first email  for the physical address of the  covenstead (I am not talking about the general area) because you ‘are thinking about joining’ is perhaps also not the best way to go about it either. We adhere to the old Craft laws and we do not reveal where the physical covenstead is to anyone but the witches who are part of it. . Neither is it public knowledge who the witches are in our coven. Covens are closed groups and membership is usually anonymous to the public, unless it is the explicit wish of the initiate that their membership be known.

There is ample information on our pages About the Alexandrian Tradition of Witchcraft, The Derby Coven in Johannesburg .There is also a thorough reading list on the page Recommended Reading for Seekers and Priesthood. Then there is also the myriad of seekers groups on Facebook and websites. This material is enough to give you a basic understanding of what we are about and an idea of whether initiation into our Craft is truly what you are looking for. If you still feel that this may be for you, by all means make contact.

In our coven there are three qualities we look at when approached by a seeker. They are vocation, dedication and appreciation and consciousness of beauty. We therefore always appreciate a well structured and formal communication, which clearly states who you are, and why you are interested in our coven and the Alexandrian Tradition. In this way, we can enter into a discussion, and you will be also be better informed about pursuing a path that will change your life forever.



**For those who may not know, the covenstead is the working place and Temple of the coven.

Recommended Reading

We regularly get asked what we recommend seekers to read. Here is a selection enjoyed and recommended by the Derby Coven

1. What Witches Do- Stewart Farrar

2. Fire Child -Maxine Sanders

3. A Coin For The Ferryman- Jimahl Di Fiosa

4. A Voice in the Forest- Jimahl Di Fiosa

5. The Alex Sanders Lectures -Sanders

6. Anything and Everything by Dion Fortune, but especially ‘Sea Priestess’, ‘Moon Magic’ and ‘The Mystical Qabalah’

7. King of the Witches: The World of Alex Sanders- June Johns

8. Maxine: Witch Queen- Maxine Sanders

9 . A Spark in the Void- Apawaae

10. The Book of Law- Daniel McDonald

11. The Seedbearers Trilogy- Peter Valentine Timlett

12. Initiation into Witchcraft- Brian Cain

13. The Ecstatic Mother: Portrait of Maxine Sanders- Richard Deutch

14. Born to be King (previously published as the Alex Sanders Notebook)

And for traditional Wicca in general

1. Witchcraft Today- Gerald Gardner

2. The Rebirth of Witchcraft- Valiente

3. Lid off the Cauldron- Patricia Crowther

5. Modern Wicca- Michael Howard

6. The Witch Cult in Western Europe- Murray

7. God of the Witches- Murray

8. Doreen Valiente:Witch- Philip Heselton

9. Aradia: The Gospel of the Witches- Leland

10. Natural Magic- Doreen Valiente

11. Doreen Valiente: Witch- Heselton

12. High Priestess: The Life and Times Of Patricia Crowther.

13. Dancing With Witches- Lois Bourne

14. Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide -Thorn Mooney

15. Gerald Gardner and the Cauldron of Inspiration-Philip Heselton

16. Wiccan Roots- Philip Heselton

Occult and Magic

1. Dion Fortune

2. W.E. Butler

3. William G. Gray

4. Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki

5. David Goddard

6. Israel Regardie

7. J.H Brennan

8.Stephen Skinner

9. Agrippa

10. The Golden Bough- James Frazer

11. Ecstasies- Carlo Ginzburg